Dear Edward records the correspondence of Edward Bawden and Peyton Skipwith over the last twenty years of Bawden's life.
David Gentleman writes in his foreword ‘it is unusual to have a chance to read other people’s letters to each other, or perhaps even much want to. But Edward Bawden had been my tutor at the RCA, and Peyton Skipwith has been my friend and adviser for the last fifteen years, so I read their correspondence with peculiar interest. When it began, Edward - watercolourist, illustrator, lithographer, printmaker and designer of murals, wallpapers and cast-iron seats - was already well known; Peyton was then a young recruit to The Fine Art Society in Bond Street who quickly became and remained his agent and friend.’
The art world has changed over the years since Bawden's death and Dear Edward portrays a touching artist-dealer relationship that may longer be possible.